Elemental

Author: Anthony John Publication: 2012, Penguin Pages: 326 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Thom is the first child born without an element – earth, water, wind, or fire – on his remote post-apocalyptic colony on the Outer Banks.  Or so he thinks.  But when pirates kidnap the […]

The 100

Author: Kass Morgan Publication: 2013, Little, Brown, and Co. Pages: 323 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Ever since a devastating nuclear war the last remnants of humanity have lived on a giant spaceship hundreds of miles above the Earth.  Now 100 juvenile delinquents – considered disposable by […]

City of Savages

Author: Lee Kelly Publication: 2015, Saga Press Pages: 406 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Phee and Sky are sisters in a dying New York City ten years after the start of World War III.  While the spend the summers alone with their mother, every fall they have […]

The Young World

Author: Chris Weitz Publication: 2014, Little, Brown and Company Pages: 373 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: A horrific disease has wiped out every adult over 18 and every child under 11 on the planet.  Only the teens have survived, because of a quirky relationship between the disease […]

Ashes

Author: Ilsa J. Bick Publication: 2012, Egmont Pages: 496 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Alex is hiking in the mountains, running from her past and the deadly brain tumor that haunts her present, when an electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky.  In an instant, it wipes out […]

Proxy

Author: Alex London Publication: 2013, Philomel Pages: 379 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Knox is a patron, the son of one of The City’s most wealthy and powerful families. Syd is his proxy. Whenever Knox does something wrong, Syd gets punished. He’s done hard labor for Knox, […]

Killer of Enemies

Author: Joseph Bruchac Publication: 2013, Tu Books Pages: 358 Overall Rating: 3.5 Rating for Action: 3.0 Quantity of Action: 4.0 Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Lozen lives among the torn remnants of the electronic age, in the years after a strange cloud destroyed everything with an electric circuit. Now genetically engineered monsters – once the […]

Rootless

Author: Chris Howard Publication: 2012, Scholastic Pages: 326 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Banyan is a tree builder. He uses scrap metal and other bits of discarded junk to build trees for the rich in a world where all the trees and plants have been dead for […]

Outpost

Author: Ann Aguirre Publication: 2013, Square Fish Pages: 352 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Deuce and her friends – Fade, Stalker, and Tegan – are living in the settlement of Salvation. The solid walls there make the villagers feel safe, and there’s more food than Deuce has […]

The Enemy

Author: Charlie Higson Publication: 2009, Puffin Pages: 406 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: A disease swept across the world, killing most of the adults and turning those who survived into brainless, hungry monsters. Only children under 14 are left, and now they have to fight to survive. […]